It’s March in Colorado. Which means Mother Nature is teasing us. One day it’s near summer warm, and then the next we’re snowed in. Like today. Well, the snow isn’t terrible where we’re at. We have an beast of an SUV and we both grew up driving in the snow so we’re fine going places. It’s just very cold and very windy. We bundled up and went to the gym this morning in 16 degree weather with a 1 degree windchill. Good times.
Speaking of the gym, I am LOVING it these days! My friend/trainer is torturing me. In a good way. I’m getting strong again. My butt is coming back. My posture is improving. My arms are beefing up. Soon she’s going to put me on the stair climber and then toss me on The Manitou Incline. You locals know what I’m talking about. I’ve never done the Incline. I’ve never felt I was in good enough shape. But I guess I’m going to be, or at least I’m going to get there. I heard a very inspirational quote in a viral video and it kind of changed my perspective on working out – “Just because I can’t do it today, doesn’t mean I won’t be able to do it someday.” It’s become my motto in a way. Give me something to do in the gym, I’ll give it my very best shot, and if I can’t do it, I’ll work toward it and try again in the future. No big deal.
My knees have been the biggest obstacle. They’ve been painful and achy a lot in the past several years. So we’re doing a lot of low-impact stuff to get them strong again. And I rub peppermint and frankincense essential oils all over my knees at least two or three times every day. That has REALLY helped. It feels so good to not be in pain! The peppermint provides an intense cooling sensation and helps relieve pain, and the frankincense is a powerful anti-inflammatory. I’m looking at a future where I may not be dealing with knee pain, and it makes me so happy. I didn’t know that was possible before.
I’ve been baking a lot recently. “A lot” meaning when I have time. Which isn’t actually a lot when I think about it. But more than in the past. I dug out the biscotti recipe my Aunt Val sent me a while back and boy howdy is it GOOD. One huge log of biscotti lasted…oh…a day? My first variation was dark chocolate/orange. Oh so yummy! Next I’m going to try white chocolate/almond. I also re-attempted scones. My first attempt last fall was just okay. I burned most of them. This time they came out great. I did an apple-cinnamon version I found on Pinterest and again…they lasted a day. My friend Valerie and her sweet baby girl Norah came over and helped me eat some. You should have seen Norah try to climb up her momma to get more scone!
I’m in the midst of a sort of re-vamp of myself too. I’m growing my hair out again. I know, I know, I’m a total schitzo when it comes to my hair. I’ve gone back and forth for years. But then back in December I was inspired by another blogger to grow it out long again. And keep it that way. See, my husband LOVES when my hair is long. It’s not like he hates it when it’s short – he thinks I’m hot either way – he just loves long hair on me. Must be a guy thing. Anyway. I thought about it, and I concluded, it’s just hair. It doesn’t define me. And it makes my husband so extra happy when it’s long. So, I’ll wear it long. Because I love making him happy. I love that gleam in his eye when my hair is freshly blown out and I give it a good swing. Plus, my stylist Maggie is magic, and the way she does my hair it is sooooo manageable.
Last fall I did a massive clean-out of my wardrobe. It was way overdue. I had clothes I hadn’t worn in years. I had things that didn’t fit. So I bit the bullet and got rid of it all. Now I’m rebuilding. Slowly. Thanks to Kohl’s, Target, and Ross. I made a commitment to wear dresses and skirts more often this year. I’m still on the hunt for skirts I like. Skirt styles are weird right now. But I’ve found a couple of great dresses. I snagged several cute casual t-shirts at Target for 5 and 7 dollars too. And a new pair of jeans at Costco, of all places! Yes, I bought a pair of jeans without trying them on. But it was a brand that had fit me in the past, so I figured what the heck, if they don’t fit, we go to Costco regularly and I can return them. Well, they do fit and they’re some of my favorite jeans I’ve ever had.
They boys are doing great. Caleb is starting speech therapy at a clinic because he aged out of the free services, and we’re very excited. He’s been making great strides with his speech lately. We still have good days and bad days, but overall he’s making forward progress which we’re thrilled about. Ethan is crawling everywhere, pulling himself up to stand like he’s been doing it forever, trying to climb the stairs, and eating everything in sight. Seriously. The child eats EVERYTHING. We are having so much fun with that! Caleb is a fairly picky eater. He was nearly 18 months old before we got him completely off of baby food. Plus he had texture issues – he gagged and vomited very easily. Ethan has been a breeze by comparison in that area. There is nothing we have given him that he has not liked. Chicken and dumplings is probably the thing he has responded with the most enthusiasm to!
And my hubby, he is thriving at his new job. He’s put work on his Masters degree on hold for the moment, because tuition assistance from his work won’t kick in until he’s been there a year. But we’re okay with that. We can be patient. Life doesn’t always go the way you think it’s going to, and you just gotta roll with it sometimes.
Yeah, life. It has a way of not doing what you want it to, doesn’t it? When Husband first got his new job we immediately began making plans to move. Well, things didn’t pan out the way we thought they would. We ran into some obstacles. So we’ve decided to stay put for now. We really prayed about it and consulted with some people older and wiser than ourselves and are very at peace with our decision. No use stressing out about what might have been, right?
God has really been teaching both of us a lot. I read through Galatians last week. Good book of the Bible. Now I’m working my way through the Corinthians. I also got a book called “Heartfelt Discipline” and it is awesome. Not what I would call an easy read, but so full of good information and good Scripture. As parents, I don’t think we’ll every “arrive” at a place where we have it all figured out. There is always more to learn.
I’m also craving a good novel these days. But why are good novels so darn hard to find??? Secular novels often contain profanity and sex, which I don’t want. And so many Christian novels are just romances with some Jesus woven in and I don’t want that either. I read a series of Amish stories a couple months ago and those were great. There’s a new Frank Peretti book my husband listened to during his commute, and I love me some Frankie P, AND I can borrow e-books from the library on the Kindle. This could be dangerous. I may never get any housework done again.
Incidentally, Husband is listening to The Hunger Games books during his commute at the moment and is on the edge of his proverbial seat. Hee hee hee! I’ve read the series twice by now.
Oh, and I finally got to see the movie version of Les Miserables. It left me in a puddle of tears. I saw the live musical when it came through Denver over a year ago, and that was amazing enough, but then they made this insanely amazing, incredible film, and now my music-loving heart is full to bursting. It was exquisite. Anne Hathaway’s performance as Fantine will go down in Hollywood history as one of the best performances ever captured on film. I cried twice during her scenes at the beginning. It used to be very difficult for a movie to make me cry. Either movies are getting better or I’m getting softer. Because then I cried at the end of the movie too! One of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen.
Now that I’ve practically written a book for you I should wrap this up. There are lots of exciting things coming up in our lives this year – and I promise you, I am going to be better at blogging about them! I do miss blogging. The time and the inspiration have just not been there. But they’re gradually coming back. And I’m glad.